Edward Stafford, 3rd Baron Stafford

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The Lord Stafford
Born7 January 1535
Stafford Castle
Died18 October 1603
Buried21 October 1603
St Mary's Church, Stafford
Noble familyStafford
Spouse(s)Maria Stanley
IssueEdward Stafford
Ursula Stafford
Dorothy Stafford
FatherHenry Stafford, 1st Baron Stafford
MotherUrsula Pole

Edward Stafford, 3rd Baron Stafford (7 January 1535 – 18 October 1603) was the second surviving son of Henry Stafford, 1st Baron Stafford and Ursula Pole. He was the younger brother of Henry Stafford, 2nd Baron Stafford. He served in Parliament for Stafford[1] and succeeded his brother to the barony in 1566.

Public life[edit]

Stafford was elected MP for Banbury in 1554. Following his brother Thomas's rebellion, Edward was questioned by the Privy Council on 3 May 1557, but no connection was found. Edward followed his uncle Henry Stafford as Member of Parliament for Stafford in 1558 and 1559[1] and after his ennoblement was summoned to the House of Lords (1573–1593)[2]

Caus Castle was part of the marriage settlement between the arranged marriage of John Thynne and Joan Hayward. However, Stafford disputed the ownership of the castle and he had to be ejected by force in 1591.[3]

From about 1574, Stafford was patron of a "Lord Stafford's Company of Players", who were first recorded appearing in Barnstaple, appearing often in public records for the next twenty-six years. In 1577, whilst appearing in Southampton, it contained at least ten players. The group continued until at least 1617, under the patronage of the 4th Baron. Other groups of entertainers sponsored by Stafford included a group of bearwards (bear keepers), who appeared with the players in 1579 and a company of trumpeters.[4]

Family life[edit]

Edward Stafford was the second surviving son of Henry Stafford, 1st Baron Stafford and Ursula Pole. He became the 3rd Baron Stafford on his elder brother Henry's death in 1566.

He was descended from the Plantagenets through both his parents:

He married Mary Stanley, daughter of Edward Stanley, 3rd Earl of Derby on 23 November 1566.[5] They had three children:[6]

  1. Edward Stafford, 4th Baron Stafford, (1572–1625); married Isabel Forster, a chambermaid
  2. Ursula Stafford; married to Walter Erdeswick
  3. Dorothy Stafford, (b. bat 1572); married to Gervais of Chadsden

He was succeeded by his son Edward.


  1. ^ a b Biography of Edward Stafford[unreliable source] tudorplace.com from History of Parliament Archived 23 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 18 January 2010
  2. ^ Sampson Erdeswicke, Thomas Harwood, A survey of Staffordshire: containing the antiquities of that county, Printed for and by J. B. Nichols and Son, 1820, Google books. Retrieved 18 January 2010
  3. ^ "Thynne [née Hayward], Joan, Lady Thynne (bap. 1558, d. 1612), gentlewoman". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/64886. Retrieved 6 December 2020. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  4. ^ English Dramatic Companies 1558–1642. Author – John Tucker Murray, Published by London Constable. In Archive.org checked 19 January 2010
  5. ^ Rootsweb genealogy thread
  6. ^ A general and heraldic dictionary of the peerages of England, Ireland, and Scotland, extinct, dormant and in abeyance by John Burke Publisher, Henry Colburn & Richard Bentley, 1831
Peerage of England
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